Capstone – Project

Community Centers for Entrepreneurs

A Collaboration Between

Engagement Synopsis

Building off our activation with a brilliant crew of Notre Dame MBA candidates in the Fall of 2019, we look forward to continuing the work with a new group of MBA candidates. As Next Gen looks to acquire, develop, and operate physical Community Centers, we are looking to build our business framework, including the following items:
  • Franchise Model. Developing an interest-aligned investor model where Next Gen licenses its brand and provides operating support for a private investor to own a Community Center. Reference organizations: Hyatt, ING, Chik-Fil-A.
  • Operating Model. Creating an interest-aligned management model where Next Gen operates a space - including leasing, tenant management, and maintenance - in a risk-limited manner. There has been tremendous disruption in the Operating space within the last 10 years. Reference organizations: Convene, Common, Tribe.
  • Management Technology. Building a suite of management tools that will aid in providing an elevated management experience for both tenants and investors. Reference startup: Latch.
  • Corporate Development. Assessing the potential for joint-ventures or acquisitions within our target category that support our corporate Real Estate goals.
These four buckets will, together, contribute to our vision of developing and operating a residential/commercial community center for entrepreneurs.


  • Convene (9th Floor), 530 5th Avenue (b/w 44th and 45th Streets), New York, NY 10016


  • No mandatory prerequisites.
  • A general knowledge of real estate financing, development, and operation would be helpful.


  • Students will play an integral role in the formation of new, category-defining business line through the creation of entrepreneurial community centers.
  • Students will learn the ins-and-outs of the real estate market, familiarizing themselves with industry leaders and comparable organizations.
  • Students will walk away feeling knowledgable about the property development and operation processes, aware of how companies like WeWork grow/operate.

Company Information

CompanyNext Gen
HQNew York
Revenue1,000,000 - 3,000,000,
StageEstablished Startup
Hiring PotentialFollow-on Projects, Formal Internship, Entry Level Full-Time, Upper Level Full-Time

Company Overview

At Next Gen HQ, we believe in creating opportunities that lead to extraordinary possibilities. That’s why we created a hub that cultivates the community, education, resources, and mentorship entrepreneurs need to keep pushing forward. Entrepreneurship is daunting, risky, and complicated. We’re here to support those who choose to overcome these obstacles in pursuit of something greater. We are proud to curate media for a monthly audience of 500,000+ who seize opportunities to grow and learn together.

Course Info & Engagement Details

Engagement Format -
Students EnrolledN/A
Meeting Day & TimeN/A
Student Time CommitmentN/A Per Week
Company Time CommitmentN/A

Relevant Topics


There are currently no students assigned.

Program Timeline

Touchpoints & Assignments Due Date Type

Key Project Milestones

Project Resources

There are no resources currently available

Industry Mentors

There are currently no supervisors assigned.

Academic Mentors

There are currently no supervisors assigned.